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Description: In this talk about the Christmas story we are asked with it means to have Jesus born in us. The religious forces have almost institutionalized what it means to be a Christian.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE JESUS BORN IN ME?
Video clip transcript extracted from the talk: Be It Unto Me According to Your Word (Luke 1:38) by
Rev. Ernest O’Neill
Jesus is different in you to what he is in me. Jesus is going to be different in you to what he is
in me. Jesus loves you personally. He is going to become something in you that he isn’t in me. You
are unique. You’re a picture frame inside which God wants to draw a unique picture of his Son so his
Son Jesus is going to come into existence in you in a way that is different from the way he comes
into existence in me.
The religious forces move in upon you to prevent that and make you a miserable stereotype. Who dot
all the eyes, cross all the T’s, utter all the shibboleths, repeat all the religious jargon, fall
into all the religious patterns. And the religious forces move in to make you satisfied with that or
Have something fresh inside you as Mary had. Find Jesus fresh among you. Find Jesus fresh inside
you. Get to know Jesus personally yourself. Allow him to become what he wants in you. Even if you
end up doing things differently from other people. Even if you end up doing things that other people
don’t agree with. Let Jesus let the Word become flesh in you. The secular powers will move against
you, know that, the financial world will move against you for anything that Jesus tries to do in
trusting God for your finances.
The professional world will move against you because it will move against you for daring to oppose
selfish ambition in your life. As the word becomes flesh among you, as Jesus begins to try as a
little, you know it, do you see it, a little baby? Do you see what a little baby is? You know their
little fingers and they’re just so helpless. I mean you know actually they must be the frailest
thing, you remember Pascal said, “Man is but a frail reed.” You know, “a thinking reed but a frail
reed”, and you look at a little baby, a little baby human being seems even more vulnerable than a
little baby animal, doesn’t he somehow?
It takes immense care from the mother to keep the little one alive. That’s Jesus in you. That’s the
Savior in you. The Savior in you is just a little tiny baby. And it’ll take all your care and
nourishment and nurture to have him grow. And what the forces of religion and the forces of secular
powers try to do is snatch him out from you and put some coarse crude imitation in the place of
Jesus. Don’t do it.
The Savior is wriggling and wriggling inside you and wants to get out and wants to begin to express
himself in your words and your actions. Cherish him and treasure him and see that the forces of evil
try to move to destroy that. The secular powers will do it. The religious powers will do it. The
powers of the spiritual world will do it. They will. There are mighty spiritual powers. Loved ones,
I don’t know if you know of a particular amazing verse in Daniel.
It’s an incredible piece of the Bible. Daniel 10:10-14, “And behold, a hand touched me and set me
trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, ‘O Daniel, man greatly beloved, give heed to
the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.’ While he was
speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, ‘Fear not, Daniel, for from the
first day that you set your mind to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have
been heard, and I have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me
21 days; but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, so I left him there with the prince
of the kingdom of Persia and came to make you understand what is to befall your people in the latter
days. For the vision is for days yet to come.'”
Now loved ones, the person that was talking to Daniel was not a man, he was an angel of God. And
when he says in verse 13, “The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days”, he is talking
about Satan’s prince, that’s why he says, “But Michael, one of the chief princes”, we all know
Michael is an archangel. What the angel of God is saying is there is actually a battle in the
spiritual places where there are actually spirits of Satan that try to prevent the angels of God
coming to you to assist you. There are mighty powers that converge to prevent Jesus being born in
Loved ones, it’s always easier to sell to masses of us human beings something crude and coarse. It’s
always difficult to transmit something as frail and gentle as the baby Jesus and that is what the
forces of evil try to destroy. Now you may say, “Well, how on earth, how on earth can I conceive
Jesus inside me? How on earth have I any chance of the Savior becoming real in me, and his word
becoming flesh in me?”
Well, because loved ones, you have the same assistance as Mary had. And that assistance is there if
you want to look at it in I John 4:4, “Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for
he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” He who is in you is the Holy Spirit. The
Holy Spirit is in you and he is greater than all the powers of the world. He is greater than the
crude coarse powers that move upon you in your business or your profession. He is greater even than
the crude coarse powers of religious world that move upon you. The Holy Spirit is in you and he is
greater than all the powers of hell and all the powers of Satan and he is inside you and it is him
that will conceive Jesus in you. It is him that will bring to life the Savior. It is the Savior that
the world desperately wants to see.
The world is fed up to the teeth with religious people. It’s fed up to the teeth with people who
talk religion but it desperately wants to see the fresh and gentle Jesus. It wants to see the pure
Jesus. The Jesus who practices what he preaches and the Holy Spirit is within you and is able to
conceive Jesus in you. What have you to do? Just what Mary did, in Luke 1:38.
Luke 1:38, “And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your
word.'” Acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Mary did and say to him, “Be it to me according to your
word”, and the Holy Spirit may point out some things in your life that you never knew about it or
you never thought very much about. He may point out some things that he wants you to do that you
never thought of. He may point out some other things and say they’re wrong and you never thought
they were wrong. Listen to him, acknowledge him, honor him. The Holy Spirit will by that means, by
your response, he will begin to bring Jesus alive inside you and the Word will begin to become flesh
in you despite all the forces that converge to destroy that.
Full Sermon: Be It Unto Me According to Your Word (Luke 1:38) by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
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